Marble Faun

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A novel by Hawthorne, published 1860(in England as Transformation).

The scene is laid in Rome. Donatello is in love with the liberated young American art student Miriam, who is being persecuted by a mysterious stranger with whom she has some guilty connection. Roused to fury when encountering her with him on a moonlight expedition, Donatello murders him, with her unspoken assent, thus binding them together in a relationship ‘cemented by blood’. A sub‐plot describes the relationship of a sculptor, Kenyon, and Miriam's art student friend Hilda, ‘the Dove’; Hilda, although herself totally innocent, feels herself under a ‘mysterious shadow of guilt’, by connection with Miriam.

Subjects: Literature.

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Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804—1864) American novelist and short-story writer

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